Re: [tied] IE classification: a lexicostatistical experiment

From: Richard Wordingham
Message: 49904
Date: 2007-09-15

--- In, "mkelkar2003" <swatimkelkar@...> wrote:

> Families have to be named after the analysis is conducted, not before.
> Take a good look at McMahon McMahon 2005.pdf especially the boxes at
> the center of the fig. They indicate multiple parents.

Thay may represent words diffusing. My feeling is that the Slavic
group should be considered as a model of ethe early IE family.
Another phenomenon they could indicate is that meanings may have more
than one word, but that such synonymy does not persist.

> Now which languages would you put in which families?

I see no problems with the traditional families, other than the loss
of *modern* support for Indo-Iranian.